On Track Maths

A targeted approach to Mathematics Intervention

On Track Maths is a new intervention programme that enables teachers to identify gaps in children’s knowledge and understanding across the new primary mathematics curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2.

Once the gaps have been identified, the resource provides a comprehensive range of lessons and activities that can be used to teach, apply, consolidate and assess the learning – providing a firm foundation for progress.


The On Track Maths concept
"Children can experience obstacles to learning caused by a lack of understanding of fundamental concepts. For example, a child in Year 5 may experience serious difficulties with large numbers because their understanding of basic place value was not secure when they were taught it many years before. On Track Maths provides teachers with the tools that they need to identify what a child can do and understand, and then go back to the relevant curriculum year’s knowledge to plug the gaps and put them back on track." Eleanor Hick, On Track Maths author"

How to use On Track Maths at your school

Step 1 - Select children who require intervention
Use classroom observation and children’s work to identify children who may require intervention in a
specific area of the maths curriculum.

Step 2 - Identify secure knowledge
Use the identification grids in the Teacher’s Guide to map children’s secure knowledge and understanding. This will help identify at what point and in which year of the curriculum their understanding falters.

Step 3 - Plan intervention
Each year of the curriculum has a clear programme of 20-minute lessons for each topic. Select the
appropriate set of lessons from the Activity Pack – starting from the last secure base of knowledge.

Step 4 - Deliver intervention
Deliver the lessons, one per day. These are carefully structured to build sequentially, strengthening
and reinforcing learning.

Step 5 - Assess
On the final day of the intervention, assess what each child in the group is able to do
independently and identify the next steps for their learning.

Sample Lessons for 5 Day Intervention - Key Stage 2, Year 3 - Count and Represent Numbers
The following 'Count and Represent Number' lessons are to be used for a 5 day intervention. The first four lessons should be used to teach and reinforce children's learning. On the 5th day of the intervention use the Activity and Assessment sheet to see what the child is able to do independently and then identify the next steps for their learning. Download the sample lessons here.

Please note: There is no Year 6 material included for On Track Maths. The material provided is to help children catch up to their current year group. 

On Track Maths will help you to:

  •  Identify weaknesses and misconceptions in children's knowledge

  • Use targeted lessons and activities to teach problem areas

  • Secure children’s conceptual understanding
“Our TA has found On Track Maths really easy to use. I like how you can adapt the lessons to match your children’s ability. We do "mini maths " ( a bit like phonics daily ) so they are short easy tasks we can use.” Jo Turner, Colne Park Primary School in Lancashire.
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